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Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn Understands How Images Help a Back Pain Patient

“Seeing is believing.” That’s a popular saying. Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn knows that Ashburn back pain patients many times would like to see the cause of their pain. (They believe they have pain by now!) Currently, imaging does not always meet a patient’s desire to see the cause if it is the result of an issue like chemical irritation when disc material leaks out to a nerve root, so imaging can only go so far in meeting a patient’s desire to see the cause. But Ashburn back pain patients can believe that their Ashburn chiropractor will thoroughly explain to them the cause of their pain…and set a treatment plan to alleviate that pain.

THE GOOD OF IMAGING

Imaging recommendations today are all about decreasing imaging exposure and cost. The concern of radiation exposure is being dealt with by careful examination of low back pain patients for more specific indications, decreasing radiation dose and doing more MRI than CT. These changes in turn reduce the cost of imaging. (1) Recommendations today are to hold off on imaging for 6-8 weeks of conservative treatment. Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn has followed the Cox Technic System of Spinal Pain Management which suggests holding off on imaging (in the absence of "red flags" which a thorough clinical examination finds) for 30 days during which time 50% improvement is sought. If a month goes by without such improvement, imaging is ordered. These are positive scenarios for Ashburn back pain patients and their healthcare providers like your Ashburn chiropractor typically.

BACK PAIN SUFFERERS WANT TO “SEE”

Other times (and Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn totally gets this!) patients want to “see” their diagnosis. Words and descriptions and drawings are one thing, but imaging is a lot more personal. When it comes to non-specific back pain, there is an additional layer of curiosity as it is “non-specific” and doesn’t always have a glaring reason for the pain. The public and patients believe imaging helps diagnose the back pain condition. They are not alone as some healthcare professionals do, too. (2) That’s probably why patients and their healthcare providers want MRI and xrays.

MEDICINE AND SPINAL IMAGING

Interestingly, for years, medicine downplayed the idea of imaging for spine issues. Today, medicine becomes more and more interested in it. For cervical spine myelopathy, for instance, treating physicians rely on imaging to determine the severity of it. Specifically, a group of researchers considered the possibility that imaging helped visualize the relationship between lumbopelvic alignment and cervical alignment and resulting cervical spine myelopathy severity. (3) Imaging has its positives. Your Ashburn back pain specialist at Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn wants to be sure imaging is positively contributory to the treatment plan for our back pain patients’ ultimate recovery and pain relief. We realize that “seeing is believing” and respect what imaging contributes to the treatment plan when necessary.

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Dan Clark on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes how valuable imaging can be for a patient’s treatment plan and final outcome of care.

Schedule your Ashburn chiropractic appointment at Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn to understand your back pain and its relieving treatment plan whether you can see its source or not because you definitely already believe you have pain. Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn believes in its relief. You can, too.

 
Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn understands how “seeing [imaging – xray or MRI] is believing” works for back pain patients to see the source of their pain.  
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